COVID19 UPDATE (AS OF 4/11/20)

Dear Submitters:

Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 crisis, we’ve decided to postpone Philly Sketchfest 2020 (originally scheduled for June 3rd) and reschedule the Film Festival to Late Summer/Early Fall. With continuously updated projections and travel restrictions out there, it became pretty clear that the original June date would not allow us to make this year’s festival the best it could be.

That said, we’ll be working with the Roxy to secure a new date for the near future, and we'll keep everyone updated here when our rescheduled event will be taking place. If you have any concerns, we’re more happy to answer any questions you may have!

#staysafe #staystrong #staysketchy


On the evening of Weds, June 3rd, we will be holding our 5th annual sketch comedy film festival, which will feature shorts by comedians and funny filmmakers from Philadelphia and beyond. The film festival will coincide with our 4-day live festival, which runs from June 3rd through the 7th. The film fest will begin at 7:30pm at the PSF Roxy Theater.

Last year, we had an incredibly successful turnout for the Film Festival portion of Philly Sketchfest. We were honored to have such an incredible array of hilarious films from both local and out-of-town comedians and filmmakers, and hope to get just as many great entries this year! The submission fee for this year’s film fest is only $10.

You can get a taste of our previous year's film selections here -

Philly Sketchfest’s (PSF) goal is to entertain audiences, support the growth of Philadelphia’s comedy community, and celebrate national and international sketch groups with unique shows, performers, and panels.

Philly Sketchfest was created in 2007 by Ben Maher and David Terruso & Matt Lally (Animosity Pierre). Current producers include Maher, Brian Kelly (Secret Pants / Sketch Up or Shut Up at Philly Improv Theater ) and Curt Riedy (High Dramma).

We accept all kinds of comedy shorts and sketches, from animation, music video, mockumentary and more. Video length must be under 10 minutes (the shorter, the better!)

By submitting the link to your filmed comedy sketch, you are acknowledging that you would like your video screened in this festival revue show and that we have your permission to do so.

Overall Rating
  • I was glad to have my film "Shahkboy" screened in Philly Sketchfest, though sadly I couldn't attend. Communication was great and they sent a follow-up email after the festival was over, which I really appreciated!

    June 2019
  • Dan McNamara

    I sadly was not able to attend due to business conflicts but I am so honored to have been selected. There were a few philly sketchfest alumni as actors in my short and I was glad to have screened there. Communication was always open with the festival and it was the right audience for my short.

    June 2019